PEP Guardiola compared Cherries' offensive tactics as "similar" to Champions League side Tottenham Hotspur, after dispatching of Scott Parker's men 4-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Jefferson Lerma's own goal rounded off a comfortable afternoon for the Premier League champions, who led 3-0 at half-time courtesy of strikes from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.
Cherries were on the back foot for the majority of the contest, with goalkeeper Ederson worked only once, saving Ben Pearson's 20-yard effort.
Discussing his side's victory, City boss Guardiola said: "The team did a really good performance against a team that is incredibly well structured defensively.
"But just not defensively, offensively as well, because they have good patterns for the build-up, to attract you, to drag you in the short passes, and afterwards they link perfectly with their strikers mainly, but sometimes with the wingers and after they keep the ball, make a switch of play.
"Quite similar movements like Tottenham try to do. And defensively they defend so, so deep and so narrow, you have to go outside."
He added: "Then in the second half when they don't want to attack, they don't want to press, it's more just being patient."
Cherries boss Scott Parker spent two years as a player at Spurs, before returning for a spell coaching their under-18s, before moving to Fulham in 2018.